Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
OK, sorry oi am running late. on posting what I have learned each day and then posting it. But here it is.
1st The USSR paid of a debt to Pepsi by giving them 18 submarines 3 surface ships, making Pepsi the 6th largest naval force until they sold the ships for scrap.
2 The 1972 movie version of the Three Musketeers was written with the idea of the Beatles in mind as the4 titular characters
3rd During World War One, British tanks that only had machineguns were called female, and tanks with canons and machineguns were male.
4 In the 1920’s Wyatt Earp was a movie consultant and use to have coffee with 17 year old John Wayne, who was a gofer for the studio.
5th The two people who were on the original Twilight Zone were Burgess Meredith and Jack Klugman
6th The Happy Face was invented in 1963 for employees of State Mutual Life Insurance Company to increase employee moral
7th Over one million types of plants and animals live under the sea.
8th Oklahoma was the last state to make Christmas a holiday, in 1907.
9th 30 countries fought in World War One.
10th Dooley Wilson the pianist Sam in Casablanca was primarily a drummer.
11th An octopus can produce of 58000 rice size eggs at a time
12th During World War One, a German U boat shelled the Mustachoes town of Orleans.
13th The Taiwan navy still use a 73 year old World War Two submarine in its navy.
14th The only person to have met the three grandmasters of Pulp fiction, HP Lovecraft, Robert E Howard and Clark Ashton Smith was the author E Hoffman Price.
15th When he moved to Las Vegas Howard Hughes bought a local TV station so they would show the movies he wanted to watch when he wanted to watch them.
16 Al Capone’s formed his first gang when he was 14 to protect local Italian women from sexual harassment.
17 Yvonne Craig most famous for playing Batgirl in the Adam West Batman also played a green skinned alien in Star Trek TOS.
18th Honey Bees flap their wings 230 times a minute.
19 The human body has about 10 pints of blood in it.
20th As a young adult the writer HP Lovecraft wanted to be a professional singer, but gave up the idea when he heard his voice on a record and hated the way it sounded.
21st Hitler’s train was called Amerika.
22nd 90%+ matter in the universe is hydrogen.
23rd 3000 Actors applied for the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Phantom Menace.
24th The opening screen crawl of Star Wars: A New Hope took 3 hours to shoot.
25th To gather costumes for 20,000 extras, in Shindler’s List, the costume designer took out advertisements seeking clothes. As economic conditions were poor in Poland, many people were eager to sell clothing they still owned from the 1930s and ’40s.
26th Keanu Reeves performed about 95 percent of the fight scenes himself in John Wick 2.
27th Martin Goodman the founder of Marvel Comics, tried to book a flight back to New York from Germany on the Hindenburg when it crashed, but all the tickets were already sold, when he tried.
28th The protagonist in CS Lewis The Silent Planet series is based on his friend JRR Tolkien.
29th Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
30th Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.
31st A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.